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The land of royals, Rajasthan is famously known for its gigantic forts and royal palaces, but it does not end here. Its diversely rich wildlife has something to entertain everyone amongst the majestic creatures that call this state home to elusive leopards.
Creating a safer environment for big cats has always been pivotal in every wildlife conservation moment. This is why they become easy targets of poachers and smugglers who deal with animal skins, teeth, fur, and even cubs. Using chip-enabled collars, cameras, and other GPS devices has yielded fruitful results, and several big cats increased in the last few years.
With stunning destinations in the Rajasthan wildlife tour, the leopard has become an icon of the wilderness in Rajasthan. Suppose you are an avid wildlife enthusiast or simply wish to get glimpses of these fascinating big cats. This article, "Where to see leopards in Rajasthan, India?" will assist you to some of the best places in Rajasthan to see leopards in their natural habitat.
Jawai Bandh Leopard Conservation Reserve –
Officially announced as a leopard reserve in 2010, but the popularity of this place has been increasing rapidly. One can attribute it to the increasing interest of hoteliers and safari tour operators, but what truly strikes you as a travel freak is the co-existence of humans and leopards in the region. Leopards have been dwelling in the enormous granite hills of Jawai, which surrounds the region. There are temples in Jawai with priests who host a considerable number of visitors, but not even once attacked by leopards has been reported.
The rocky terrain and lush vegetation of Jawai Bandh Tourism provide an ideal habitat for leopards. Embark on an exciting jeep safari to explore the reserve and spot these elusive creatures lurking in the shrubs or perched on rocks.
Sariska Tiger Reserve –
The Sariska Tiger Reserve is widely renowned for its diverse wildlife, including leopards, located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Although tigers are the main attractions, leopards can also be sighted here, making it a must-see attraction for wildlife enthusiasts. The area was once hunting for the preservation of the Maharaja of Alwar. The reserve is well known for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers and was declared a national park in 1982.
Taking a leopard jeep safari or opting for a guided trek through the dense forests of Sariska, keeping an eye out for leopard sightings. The wildlife reserve's rugged terrain, interspersed with valleys and cliffs, perfectly covers these elusive big cats. Ensure to maintain silence and be patient during your visit to increase your chances of encountering a leopard.
Ranthambore National Park –
While Ranthambore National Park is majorly known for its thriving tiger population, it's also a favorable habitat for leopards. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, the national park offers a unique blend of history, dense greenery, and abundant wildlife. Nestled in the foothills of Vindhya and Aravali hills, Ranthambore is known to be a popular tiger reserve and encloses a variety of rich flora and fauna.
Embark on an exciting jeep safari ride through the park's lush forests and open grasslands, keeping a keen eye on the trees and rocky outcrops. Leopards in Ranthambore are popularly known for their adaptability and can be found near water bodies or sunning on rocks. You can encounter other wildlife species like sloth bears, sambar deer, and various bird species.
Jhalana Leopard Sanctuary –
Nestled around the urban sprawls of Jaipur, the wildlife sanctuary can amuse you with its diverse wildlife. The leopards are indeed the main attraction of this wildlife reserve, and the number is also increasing for the past few years. You can also stealthy creature prey on other wild animals at night and day.
Like many other wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan, various birds are found here. One can also get a chance to witness the exotic wildlife species that could completely enthrall you with their traits and appearance. The locals often spot nilgai and various deer adjoining the human settlements.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary –
Another place to locate leopards in Rajasthan is where you can find plenty of greenery and wildlife; apart from leopards, this place is a natural habitat for many wildlife species. It covers a sizable area of the Aravalli range and becomes a part of the Kathiawar – Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion. Instead of leopards, you can also spot golden jackals, sloth bears, Indian wolves, jungle cats, chasing, nilgai, sambhar, Indian hare, and chinkara in the natural habitat.
If you consider birddom, you see white-breasted kingfisher, dove, bulbul, grey pigeon, golden oriole, parakeet, red spurfowl, and more. The sanctuary has also been chosen to spot the Asiatic Lion Reintroduction project as per the degree of the Supreme Court of India.
Agvani Resort lets you embark on an exciting Jawai leopard safari with a luxurious stay in the finest glamping tents. With us, you can get closer to this region and observe the splendid beauty of this species, along with a great variety of birds, crocodiles, and other fauna species. If you're a wildlife enthusiast willing to spot elusive cats in their natural habitats, book a safari with a staycation of 2 to 3 days in Jawai to experience the locals' rich cultures and traditional lifestyle.